Moira Stalker FDF Scotland and Rachel Mirfattahi, Interface. Photo: FDF Scotland

A healthy appetite for food innovation

By Rachel Mirfattahi, Sector Engagement Executive – Food & Drink, Interface

For anyone who owns a supermarket loyalty card, the concept of being sent special offers and discounts for exactly the kind of food and drink that you already buy, is not new.  This is using customer data at its simplest, but it is a powerful way to keep track of who’s buying what and of keeping customers loyal.

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Seaweed! Slimy, slippery and super!

29 November 2017

This month the Scottish Seaweed Industry Association (SSIA), an independent Members Association, held their Annual General Meeting.  SSIA encompasses a group of people and organisations who make their living from adding value to seaweed and seaweed-based products and who wish to strengthen the industry by influencing the market, government, regulatory bodies and other industries.

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Raising a glass this St Andrew’s Day

24 November 2017

Today, many Scots around the world will be celebrating all things Scottish, and it is certainly worth lifting a glass to our nation’s drive to be economically successful. Greater collaboration between business and universities is viewed as a key factor in improving the country’s economic performance, however a change in gear is being called on from business leaders and both UK and Scottish Governments.

 

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Climate change

Scottish Tourism - Fit for our future

17 October 2017

Weathering the storm, come rain or shine tourists are used to donning raincoats to brave the Scottish weather, however tourism businesses are being urged to think about the impact of an increasing number of severe weather events caused by changes in the country’s climate. 

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Annual Review 2016-2017

11 October 2017

2016-17 has been the busiest year yet for Interface, with a wide-ranging programme of activities undertaken to stimulate demand for business-academic collaborations and enable business-led R&D projects leading to direct impacts on Scotland’s wealth, health, environment and social developments.

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Scottish bagpipes

Innovation can become an intrinsic part of our culture

11 October 2017

Scotland wants to be a leading innovative nation: we have the people and the resources to make this happen, however there are some obstacles to overcome.

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The Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018 launched

05 October 2017

The third Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards run by Interface recognise, reward and celebrate impacts achieved through collaborative business and academic partnerships with Scotland’s colleges invited to enter for the first time.    

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Economic impact of Interface-supported collaborations reaches £64.2m

25 September 2017

Business-academic projects supported by Interface have enabled Scottish companies to generate £64.2 million gross value added (GVA) a year for the Scottish economy, supporting around 1,060 Scottish jobs, a new report has revealed.

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Dr Siobhan Jordan shortlisted for Business Woman of the Year

21 September 2017

Dr Siobhán Jordan has been shortlisted for Business Woman of the Year at the Business Women in Scotland Awards 2017.

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Interface multiparty competition

Interface Multiparty Competition - collaborate to innovate

12 September 2017

- Up to £30,000 for creative industries, food & drink and tourism projects -  

Groups of businesses in three industry sectors are being invited to team up with academic experts for research and development projects which have the potential to transform their industries.

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£25,000 for four innovative food & drink and tourism projects

30 August 2017

Four collaborative projects have been successful with their entries in Interface’s multiparty competition this summer.

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